About Botaniko

Botaniko, Esperanto for botanical,  comprises 18 botanical artists living in and around Hobart, Tasmania. Most of its members have been, at one time or another, students of  one of Australia’s leading botanical artists, Lauren Black.  Botaniko was formed in 2014.

The aim of the group is to foster the enjoyment of  botanical art mainly through the medium of  graphite drawing, colour pencils and/or watercolour; to pursue projects of botanical significance within Tasmania, culminating in an exhibition; and to continue developing  skills through workshops with external artists. The members meet on a weekly basis from  February to early December, working on a variety of  individual and/or joint projects.

Since its inception  members of  the group have  participated in a number of projects:

  • 2014Port Arthur Historic siteAn Exotic Garden – Port Arthur: Unlocking the botanical journey,  depicting plants transported to the Port Arthur penal settlement, along with convicts, a commandant, officers and soldiers.
  • 2015: Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG):  Reverend  Robert Knopwood’s kitchen garden, depicting plants grown between 1804-1824, in the garden  located on the land later occupied by Narryna in Battery Point, Hobart.
  • 2016:  A return to the Port Arthur Historic Site   by invitation,  to continue the journey: Port Arthur – An Exotic Garden: Unlocking the Botanical Journey Part 2. Plants of medicinal, culinary,  and industrial significance used by the early settlers  of the site in 1800’s.
  • This exhibition travelled to a number of venues, by request, during 2017.

  • During 2017, most  Botaniko members worked on a special project  in association with the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, to commemorate the Garden’s bicentenary in 2018. 
  • 2018: The works for the 200th anniversary of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens were displayed in the POD at the Botanical Gardens in August and September 2018, with members of Botaniko in attendance each day.




  • 2019 The next project for members is – Frederick Mackie – Quaker Plantsman. This project focusses on the plants recorded in Frederick Mackie’s Journal, A Traveller under Concern, written during his visits to Narryna from 1852-1855. This exhibition is scheduled for exhibition at Narryna Heritage Museum starting in September 2019.




    Botaniko Art Group Membership

    The group has  reached maximum capacity, however, should we be able to accommodate more members in the future, notification will appear on this site.